Art, the grind, and the tutor

Molly Burke-Kirwin

Review: The Pitmen Painters by Lee Hall (Lyttleton National Theatre)

Lee Hall’s play has orbited the country with great acclaim following its initial run last year at the National. Hall, is most famous for writing the popular Billy Elliot. The Pitmen Painters another political fable of our times, although this time, it is true events which have inspired Hall’s work.

The Missing Woman

Rachael Ferguson

Review of Her Naked Skin

This is the first play written by a living woman to be staged at the Olivier (National Theatre). It is a love story set against the backdrop of the suffragist struggle of the early 20th century.

Brecht deserves attention

Matt Cooper

Matt Cooper reviews A Good Soul of Szechuan (at the Young Vic, London, until 28 June)

In recent years there has been a renewed interest in works by the German Marxist playwright, Bertolt Brecht. This new translation of his A Good Soul of Szechuan has met with predictable abuse from the right wing press, but it is more surprising to see it attacked in the Observer by Nick Cohen for being Stalinist propaganda, and his plays therefore being of no worth.